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The Shootist

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The Shootist
Cinema poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Don Siegel
Release Date 1976
Language English
Studio Batjac Production
M.J. Frankovich Productions
Distributor Paramount Pictures (USA/UK)
Dino De Laurentiis Company (International)
Main Cast
Character Actor
John Bernard "J.B." Books John Wayne
Mike Sweeney Richard Boone
Jack Pulford Hugh O'Brian
Jay Cobb Bill McKinney
Dr. E.W. Hostetler Jimmy Stewart
Gillom Rogers Ron Howard
Carson City Marshal Walter J. Thibido Harry Morgan

The Shootist is the 1976 Western that marked the final acting role for John Wayne, who portrays an aging gunfighter dying of cancer who faces one last duel. The film was directed by Don Siegel and co-starred Ron Howard, Bill McKinney, and Harry Morgan.

The following weapons were used in the film The Shootist:


Great Western Revolver

The Great Western revolver is the main handgun of J.B. Books (John Wayne). These Single Action Army Replicas were made in the 50's to be used by Wayne. These were a set of 2 engraved revolvers presented to him by the defunct Great Western company. According to the well known gunwriter John Taffin, the revolver that is thrown through the saloon by Gilliam Rogers (Ron Howard), is not one of the Great Westerns, but a movie prop, made using a Ruger Blackhawk, modified to look like a SAA.

The 2 engraved Great Westerns, belonging to the late John Wayne, seen in The Shootist.
Closeup of the "Great Western" SAA replica.
"Great Western" handed off to Gillom Rogers (Ron Howard).
Gillom Rogers (Ron Howard) shoots while J.B. Books (John Wayne) looks on.
Gillom Rogers (Ron Howard) uses Books' revolver.

Colt Single Action Army

The Colt Single Action Army is used by several characters in the film including Jack Pulford (Hugh O'Brian), Jay Cobb (Bill McKinney) and Mike Sweeny (Richard Boone).

Colt Single Action Army w/ 4.75" barrel, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model.
Jack Pulford (Hugh O'Brian) with the SAA.
Jay Cobb (Bill McKinney) with the SAA.

Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless

Jack Pulford (Hugh O'Brian) carries what appears to be a nickel-plated Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless break-top revolver with a 6" barrel.

Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless revolver with Mother of Pearl grips - .32 S&W.
Jack Pulford (Hugh O'Brian) with the Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless break-top revolver

Remington 1866 Derringer

J.B. Books (John Wayne) carries a hidden Remington 1866 Derringer, and uses it at the beginning of the movie.

Remington 95 Double Derringer with stainless steel finish and ivory grips .41 Rimfire
J.B. Books (John Wayne) pulls a hidden Remington 1866 Derringer...."a little something extra"


Winchester Model 1892

Books also carries a Winchester Model 1892 rifle with a large loop lever, just like the one he carried in most of his other Westerns such as True Grit. The rifle is never seen fired.



"Coach" shotgun

A Hammerless Coach Shotgun is used by the bartender in the final shootout.

Stoeger/IGA Coach hammerless side by side - 12 Gauge
The bartender uses the "Coach".

Charlie Parker Double Barreled Shotgun

A Charlie Parker Double Barreled Shotgun is used at the beginning of the film.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 Gauge. The Parker Gun Company was absorbed into Remington in 1934.
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